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Stanchions and cleat removal on 86 410
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I would like to know if the stanchions on an 86 410 Commander with a fiberglass toe rail can can removed from the top or is access from below required.  Also, I would like to rebed underneath the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin McKinnon May 22, 2017.

Plumbing leak
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Need some advice on what I need to fix a leak in the upper fitting shown in the picture. Thanks,BruceContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Shue May 1, 2017.

AC condensate drain question
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On a 410 Commander, do the AC condensate hoses empty directly into the bilge? I thought they would empty to the shower sump but don't see any connection there except for the shower drain.Thanks,BruceContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruce Shue Jul 19, 2016.

79 410 Commander Survey Hull Blisters Opinion Needed
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I had a survey done on a 1979 410 Commander late last week.  The boat has always been kept in the water.  Overall the boat surveyed well but the one concern is the blisters that were found.  The…Continue

Tags: blisters, hull blisters

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Cavenaugh Aug 10, 2015.


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Which Commander model do you presently own?
Do not own a Commander
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Marine Power 454

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At 7:41pm on August 10, 2015, Paul Cavenaugh said…

Hi Bruce

There are too many opinions out there regarding blisters.

All fiberglass gelcoats continue to "cure" for the life of the boat.  Moisture, heat and humidity on the day your hull was laid,  will all factor in the speed of the eventual cure.

Your concerns should depend on how serious the blisters are..

Lots of blisters?  Just a few?  Big Ones?  Little Ones?  Have they been determined to be cosmetic or structural?  Once you have these answers,  it's a solvable issue.  Each solution is a different price,  that's all.

Sometimes,  it's years and years and years of dissimilar bottom paints causing a chemical reaction on the gel coat surface and nothing beyond that. 

If your surveyor and another qualified expert determines they AREN'T structural,  Get a thorough sanding,  paint the Bottom with Micron,  and don't worry about it.  Monitor the situation into the future.

A blister job on a 41 Commander will start with Soda Blasting,  followed by West Epoxy System filling and 2 coats of barrier coat,  followed by a couple of good fresh coats of new bottom paint.  At the going rate today,  that's probably about $6,000 - $7,000 done for the whole project at a premium boat yard.  the soda blasting alone is about half of the total.

You might be pleased to learn I've seen more blister issues over the years on Hatteras and other quality brand names,  than I've seen on Chris Crafts.   


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